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(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Denial by Secretary of State George Shultz that United States and Iran have begun direct negotiations to improve relations reported Report introduced.
(DC: Jeanne Meserve) Issue of US-Iran relations in wake of efforts for cease-fire in Iran-Iraq war featured. [On "Face the Nation", SHULTZ - comments.] Sources said rpting. United States did receive message from Iran that releasing Iranian frozen assets would help free hostages in Lebanon. Story in "US News and World Report" stating that US-Iran dealings are underway quoted. [SHULTZ - denies talks with Iran.] Impact of United Nations cease-fire talks, Iran's restoration of relations with Canada and smoothing of its relations with Great Britain on United States noted.
- Donaldson, Sam;
- Meserve, Jeanne
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